This is a photo of my Scottish maternal grandmother, Sydney Gorrie (née Easterbrook), on her wedding day in December 1923. She and my grandfather were married in a cathedral in Lahore (now Pakistan). She hadn’t seen her fiancé in over a year and had just travelled out by ship from Edinburgh, Scotland to get married. For some time their home was in Lahore (now Pakistan) as my grandfather Robert Gorrie secured a job with the Indian Forestry Service, as a conservator of forests. He worked all over Punjab and the remote foothills of the Himalayas. After Partition, Robert worked for the new Pakistan government for a while.
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PHOTO & TEXT: JANET MACLEOD TROTTER/INDIAN MEMORY PROJECT
CONCEPT: SANAM MAHER
DESIGN: SAMRA AMIR
This August, The Express Tribune will feature photographs from contributions to an open call for images from the struggle for independence and Pakistan’s formative years.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th,2014.